MMS Names New Regional Supervisor

Joseph A. Christopher has been appointed Regional Supervisor for the Office of Leasing and Environment in the Gulf of Mexico Region of the Minerals Management Service. His responsibilities include managing the Region's leasing and adjudication program and its environmental assessment and studies programs. The office plans and conducts lease sales that offer tracts of submerged Federal lands for oil and gas exploration, development, and production in the Gulf of Mexico. It evaluates the potential environmental effects that could result from these sales and subsequent industry activities to ensure compliance with appropriate laws and regulations and to avoid or minimize impacts. The office also designs and oversees environmental studies performed under contract to ensure that the decisions of the MMS are based on sound science.

Mr. Christopher is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended the University of New Orleans where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography in 1978. He also earned a Master of Arts in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University in 1986. Mr. Christopher has worked on OCS offshore oil and gas issues for the Department of the Interior for over 25 years. Early in his career, he worked in the U.S. Geological Survey's Conservation Division and the Bureau of Land Management's New Orleans OCS Office. He has been with the Minerals Management Service since its inception in 1983, where he has served as an environmental analyst, a unit supervisor, and for the last 13 years as Chief of the Environmental Assessment Section. Mr. Christopher, his wife, Mary, and their three sons reside in Slidell, Louisiana.
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